Friendship City Campaign – Pohang, South Korea – Auckland, New Zealand

Mayor Phil Goff of Auckland: Tell Friendship City, Pohang, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Pohang became Friendship city with Auckland in 2008.
In Pohang, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating, and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Pohang’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Centers,” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju), and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants.”

The searches resulted in dozens of 225 Health Food Centers; and 73 restaurants in the vicinity of Pohang.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Pohang to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Long Beach, California

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Long Beach, California

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action

  1. rosemary homeister
    rosemary homeisterOctober 23,17

    please end the dog meat trade

  2. Tina Godlove
    Tina GodloveOctober 25,17

    Dog and cats are not meant for human consumption. What’s more disturbing is the abuse and barbaric Way these innocent creatures are killed. No humane with a heart or soul could do this to another creature only a monster could do this. Please STOP the savagery now

    • christina
      christinaOctober 25,17

      Not any other animal is for human consumption.

  3. Sari
    SariOctober 25,17

    Stop this horrible madness.

  4. Choplin Catherine
    Choplin CatherineOctober 25,17

    Please STOP this murdering!!

  5. adriana
    adrianaOctober 25,17


  6. rose brooks
    rose brooksOctober 25,17

    You will, I hope, have read the facts about this primitive, inhuman trade going on unchecked, even though there are laws against it, in your sister city in south korea. I hope that you are as shocked and disgusted as most thinking people and that you will put your influence against this horrendous cruelty. Thank you.

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